IHS: Narrowband Radios to Reach 3.4M in Middle East in 2019
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | Comments

Market research firm IHS released data on the Middle East and Africa region, projecting the installed base of narrowband active radios in the region to increase from around 3 million in 2014 to 3.4 million in 2019.

“Despite a high analog installed based, digital narrowband technologies, such as TETRA, Project 25 (P25) and the cost-optimized technologies such as Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR) and Professional Digital Trunking (PDT) are projected to achieve significant growth, and will account for 65 percent of the terminals installed base by 2019,” said IHS.

The topology of the region particularly suits the deployment of high-powered P25 and TETRA equipment. In particular, Middle East and North African countries are using P25 in desert areas because of the technology’s larger cell size.

With half a million active radios installed at the end of 2014, cost-optimized digital technologies have the largest proportion of digital technologies in the Middle East and Africa. IHS forecasts less economically developed countries will adopt cost-optimized digital technologies for public safety and security use, rather than build out nationwide networks based on high-end standards. There is potential for an increase in DMR Tier 3 and dPMR Mode 3 networks in the region, and for PDT-orientated solutions from Chinese companies, especially in middle Africa.

Demand for data is increasing in a number of regions, as more users expect more sophisticated and high-bandwidth applications on their networks. In the short- to mid-term, LMR technologies including TETRA Enhanced Data Services (TEDS) and P25 overlay systems will gain traction, with options potentially created to move to private Long Term Evolution (LTE) at a later stage. IHS projects that LTE will gain traction in some Middle East nations in the mid-term.

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